S-Code 390/4-Speed: 1967 Ford Mustang

At first glance, this 1967 Mustang Hardtop looks very clean, but it crosses that line to become an impressive survivor when you learn that it is a rust-free vehicle that is said to wear its original paint. In fact, the wheels that are currently fitted to the Mustang represent one of the very few modifications or upgrades that have been performed across the entire vehicle. Making the car all the more attractive is the fact that it is a full, numbers-matching vehicle, with a healthy 390ci V8 under the hood. That makes this desirable and potent classic one that is well worth a look. It is located in West Point, Kentucky, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. I find it surprising that there has only been a single bid of $15,000 on the Mustang at this stage, but less surprising to find that this means that the reserve hasn’t been met. Of course, with 110 people currently watching the listing, this is a situation that could potentially change at any time.

If the owner’s claim that the Beige Mist paint that the Mustang wears is, in fact, original, then it has survived in remarkable condition. There are no signs of any significant marks, scratches, or defects in the paint, while the panels all appear to be extremely straight. The Black vinyl top is also said to be original, and as with the paint, it looks to be in extremely good order. This is a 1st Generation Mustang, so I guess that is inevitable that we need to talk about rust. If you are the sort of person who looks at a car like this and fears the worst, well it would seem that your fears are completely unfounded. The exterior looks really good, with no signs of any problems with prone areas such as the rockers or lower quarter panels. The owner provides photos of the vehicle’s underside, and there is nothing to see but a clean undercarriage and the Mustang’s original undercoating. Climbing back out from under the car, the trim and chrome, along with the glass, all looks to be in very nice condition.

It is possible to be spoiled for choice, and that is a fate that could easily befall potential Mustang buyers in 1967. This is especially true when it came to deciding what should reside in the engine bay of their shiny new pride and joy. In this case, the original owner chose the 390ci S-Code V8, which is backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. It would seem that the owner was interested in as much “bang for their buck” as it was possible to get, so they chose to forego the power-sapping benefits of power steering and power brakes. In this guise, this is a car that would have been capable, when new, of accelerating from 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds, while the ¼ mile could be absolutely blitzed in 14 seconds. This is a full, numbers-matching car, and its originality is pretty impressive. The shocks have been changed at some point, but the originals are included in the sale. The vehicle has also recently received a new master cylinder and exhaust. The owner also points out that while the Mustang does wear different wheels, the original hubcaps are sitting in the trunk. He doesn’t make any improbable claims about the vehicle having outrageously low mileage on the clock, but he does say that it runs and drives really well.

I would be inclined to describe the interior of the Mustang as looking very tidy for an original survivor. The black upholstery on the front seats does show some minor stretching in a couple of spots, but overall, it looks pretty impressive for vinyl of this age. The same would appear to be true of the headliner, door trims, and the dash pad. If I want to find fault, then the most obvious is the fading that has afflicted the carpet. This is very noticeable, and I can guarantee that if you asked three different people what to do about it, you’d probably get three different answers. I guess that it comes down to a choice of a new carpet set, dying the existing carpet, or maintaining the status quo. I think that in the short-term, I would be very inclined to choose the latter option. The other fault that I can see is some discoloring of some of the plastic trim pieces, especially on the dash. It is difficult to be sure whether these could be restored successfully, but if they don’t look particularly bad upon personal inspection, I would be inclined to leave them as they are. after all, they’re only original once.

I will admit that this 1967 Mustang isn’t the most “in-your-face” vehicle to have ever rolled off a Ford production line, but its mechanical configuration means that it is a car that should command respect due to its performance capabilities. If the owner’s claims about overall originality will stand up to scrutiny, then that would make this a great survivor that is sure to generate its share of interest in the market. I suspect that the current single bid is but the tip of the iceberg. I would expect bidding to take off fairly soon, and it will be interesting to see what this classic finally sells for.

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Comments

  1. Pat

    I do see a bit of surface rust on the trunk floor. That would probably be the first this I tackle to prevent any further deterioration. As to the carpet, it looks like only the front piece has faded. I would try dying first. If that didn’t work I might replace just the front or just leave it alone.

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    • jerry z

      This car needs to be left alone, just do maintanence. I’m curious what the reserve is on the car. I’d rather have this than the fastback version but that’s just me.

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    • Poppy

      I see it mostly on the top of the gas tank, which could be cleaned up or just replaced if desired. I agree with Jerry Z. Leave it as is and preserve this beauty.

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    • stillrunners stillrunners Member

      Wrong air cleaner for a 1967 390 Mustang….guess you can over look that non-original thing………

  2. Poppy

    While power brakes technically takes energy from the engine in the form of generated vacuum for the booster (and also adds some weight up front). You aren’t using the engine power to propel the car at that moment, so I wouldn’t call that particular option “power sapping” any more than I’d call a heater core power sapping.

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  3. Classic Steel

    This is a KY thorough bread pony….

    I like the color and engine tied to a four speed..

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  4. RH FACTOR

    This is a pretty solid car. I had a 67 coupe same color combo as this. Mine was six auto though. Rare and beautiful color, I think. I’d have to get rid of the 4 whl drum brakes though!

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    • denman

      agree beautiful color, disagree get rid of drum brakes

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  5. Jeffro

    I’m usually a big Mustang fan,however,this one is quite striking

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  6. Jerry Long

    How come? the Vin says that it is a T code which is a 6 cylinder?

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    • Ron

      The fifth digit is the engine S code…

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    • CATHOUSE

      The T in the VIN is the second digit. That position in a Ford VIN is for the plant code. As Ron has posted the engine code is the fifth digit of the VIN. In this case that code is an S which is a 390 4V engine for 1967.

  7. Fred

    2nd generation.

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  8. AndyinMA

    That’s an impressive 0-60 time even by today’s standards. Nice color too.

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  9. ken tillyUK

    The figures given in a previous post re the 1963 Split Window Corvette were, “With a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a ¼ mile ET of 14.3 seconds, this is a classic that could really haul the mail.” These figures are not quite as good as this Mustang however. O.K, this is a ’67 as against the ’63 Corvette and a 390 against a 327, but I should think that it’s quite a bit heavier as a 4 seater coupe than the split window. So IMO the Chev is not all that impressive. Beautiful car though and I would have it in a heartbeat rather than the Mustang, and I’m a Ford man.

    • MBorst

      Your be surprised at what some of the Corvette weigh in at. My 87 GTA was lighter then the vets produced these year. As for the speed I was questioning it because they quoted in the posting of the GT500 only running 15 sec ! With a 428 cj ! As far as the carpeting goes I’d dye it. But it does look like rust coming thru around the shifter. Seen that with many Michigan cars. Pulling on it and seeing if it is stuck to the floor will be an easy tell tail sign

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  10. Roger

    Power sapping brakes. It wasn’t the vacuum, it was the scrub of the pad against the rotor. At this point in time. Lots of high powered cars where ordered with drum brakes instead of disc. For this reason.

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    • Poppy

      Ah yes, of course, thanks for the clarification! If Adam had said power sapping disc brakes I would have gone along with it.

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  11. md

    The power sapping occurs in the leg muscles during hard braking.

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  12. Steve S

    I have heard or read some where that the drum brakes can be just as good as disc brakes as long as they are adjusted right I don’t remember where I heard or read that though. I agree with mborst there is something going on with the floor and carpet around the shifter since the carpet is turning a reddish color.

  13. Jost

    This is a very worthwhile car. Of course there are some issues ( the rug near the shifter, surface rust, etc…) but heck, its a 53 year old car! Depending on what the reserve is and what it finally sells for this is a great find.

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  14. KevinW La

    My high school car was a 1967 Mustang 390/3 speed on the floor green/blk. That was in 1973-74. That little pedal on the far left side above the dimmer switch was for the windshield washers. Yes, you had to pump the fluid with your foot. Only paid $600.00 for it back then.

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    • Jost

      Kevin, I forgot all about the washer foot pedal! Thanks, I had a 68 fastback back then…289 3speed but I put a 4 speed in pretty quickly.

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